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A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast’s Richard Price—a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central LA in the wake of one of the most notorious and incendiary trials of the 1990s

At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. But there were even more deaths unaccounted for: violence that occurred outside of active rioting sites by those who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores.

A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time, set in a sliver of Los Angeles largely ignored by the media during the riots. Ryan Gattis tells seventeen interconnected first-person narratives that paint a portrait of modern America itself—laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. With characters that capture the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.

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Quotes & Awards

  • All Involved is a monumental achievement. Ryan Gattis takes the reader into the broken, outraged heart of Los Angeles during the ’92 riots and doesn’t blink once at what he finds there.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Shutter Island

  • “Corrosive, timely, vividly realized scenes of urban warfare and thwarted dreams, by a writer who clearly knows his subject: the netherworld of Los Angeles in the early 1990s.”

    Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times bestselling author of A Widow’s Story

  • All Involved is a symphonic, pitch-perfect, superlative novel. It is visceral and adrenalin-fuelled, yet tender and even darkly comic. It is audacious, unflinching, and subversive. It doesn’t judge. It swallowed me whole.”

    David Mitchell, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks

  • “An overwhelming and fully immersive performance from Gattis, who finds the humanity and poetry in the most inhumane of circumstances. A solid addition to all fiction collections, though not for the fainthearted.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Ryan Gattis is a writer, curator, and creative writing professor at Chapman University. He holds an MA in Fiction Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and is the author of novels Roo Kickkick & the Big Bad Blimp and Kung Fu High School. In 2012, he wrote and curated the story-driven art show The Art of Kung Fu: Myths and Legends and works closely with street art collective UGLAR as Narrative Director on various public art projects. Raised in Colorado, he lives in Downtown Los Angeles.